Akufo-Addo is not scared to fire any of his appointees – Akosua Manu

Akosua Manu, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA), has stated that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is not afraid to fire any appointee if he sees fit.

While speaking on the New Day show with Berla Mundi on TV3 on Thursday June 16, she made this remark when asked why the President has not fired Gender Minister Sarah Adwoa Sarfo, who has been on leave for over a year.
Is President Akufo-Addo apprehensive about dismissing his appointees? Berla was the one who inquired.

“The President is not scared to remove any appointee,” Akosua Manu responded.

When asked why the President has not fired Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu over the Sputnik V saga, Akosua Manu responded that “the minister went before a committee of parliament and he gave his reasons,” after he admitted he did not do due diligence before contracting with the private office of one Emirati Sheikh, H.H Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum for 3.4 million doses at a unit cost of $19.
Following the onslaught of criticism he received over the Sputnik V deal, Mr Agyeman-Manu has taken a two-week sabbatical.

Akufo-Addo is not scared to fire any of his appointees – Akosua Manu

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo laughed off the incident when he commissioned the $16 million Weddi Africa Tomato Processing Factory at Domfete on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, as part of the 1-District-1-Factory initiative.


“…This is the minister of Health who is being maligned,” he stated in the local dialect when speaking to the chiefs and people of the area.


Meanwhile, the Afenyo-Markin-led Parliamentary committee that looked into the Sputnik V vaccine contract recommended in its final report that the Ministry of Finance take steps to recover the money owed to the Republic in the amount of US$2,850,000.00 (Cedi equivalent of GH16,331,640.00) for the Sputnik-V vaccines that were proposed to be procured.


The Committee ruled that the Ministry of Health did not seek clearance from the Board of Public Procurement Authority (PPA) before signing the Agreements, as required by Sections 40 and 41 of Act 663.


The Ministry, on the other hand, applied for ratification under the Act’s Section 90(3) (c). This request has yet to be approved.


The Committee also discovered that PPA’s inquiry into the situation is still ongoing.


The Committee discovered that the Ministry dealt with His Highness Al Maktoum’s Private Office and S. L. Global. The Aurugulf Health Investment (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) has selected the two companies as both agents and distributors of the Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana. The vaccination was clearly purchased and distributed through middlemen.

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